Mumbai (Agencies): In a bid to woo young voters and avoid controversy ahead of the BMC polls, Shiv Sena which once vociferously opposed Valentine's Day celebrations, has chosen to lie low on the issue, as Aditya, grandson of Sena chief Bal Thackeray is set to take over the Yuva Sena reins.

"We think there are more important issues to be sorted out than opposing Valentine's Day. The youth are also not much enthusiastic about the Day and the celebrations have become less in last two-three years," president of Bhartiya Vidyarthi Sena, the party's students' wing, Abhijit Panse said.

Defending the party's decision, Abhijit said the Sena has taken up issues like helping the youths to get jobs in railways.

The Sena, in the recent years had objections to celebrating the day, terming it a 'western festival'. Party activists indulged in vandalism, threatening youths and attacking gift shops.

A Sena leader, on condition of anonymity, said the party is eyeing BMC polls next year and in no way can afford to loose young voters.

Meanwhile, rival Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) said it never opposed Valentine's day celebrations.

"We have never opposed the Valentine's Day celebrations, its Sena which has changed its stand about the day," MNS legislator Nitin Sardesai said.

Taking a dig at Sena, Home Minister R R Patil on Sunday said Uddhav should take advice from son Aditya over stand to be taken on the Valentine's Day celebration. He was speaking about the security measures taken by police to thwart untoward incidents on Valentine's Day.